Our Next Level Multi-Rotors Sponsored Pilot, John Ellenberger flying our Next Level 650mm multirotor in his home state of Virginia.
John and his friend Paul Conto started an aerial photography company called PJ Aerials in 2013. They both have been to the UAV Forge competition put on by DARPA where their love for multirotors began. Both Paul an John fly a modified version of the NL-650 as well as the NL-650 Hex. They are striving to get an established client base for shooting video and photograph at various events, such as film, sporting events, and real estate.
Alex Carlton is an 11 year old electric plane and helicopter pilot, who has been flying since age 6. Alex spends most of his time enjoying funflys and publicly demonstrating DW Foamies line of planes as well as his Swift 3D electric helicopter. Alex is a team pilot for Thunder Power batteries, DW Foamies, and Scorpion/Innovative Designs. Alex (much to his mother’s dismay) has decided he wants to be a Naval Aviator and eventually command a carrier airwing.
Seven years of R/C aircraft experience, including 3D freestyle, Slope Soaring, and IMAC competitions. Basic level IMAC competitor for 2009-2011, with emphasis on 3D freestyle. Alex is currently a team pilot for Thunder Power Batteries and DW Foamies and maintains electric aircraft from 5 oz indoor F3P planes to 19 lb electric IMAC planes. (50 CC) Flight demos include ducted fans, 3D Foamies, and 3D helicopters.
Kyle started flying R/C models at age 7, and until age 13, flew various types of models to include nitro and electric powered trainers, slow flyers/foamies, ducted fan jets, sailplanes, aerobatic/pattern type planes, and also helicopters.
At age 13, after seeing a 3D helicopter demonstration flight at a local heli fun fly, Kyle was motivated from that point forward to focus solely on 3D helicopter flying. After flying a mix of nitro and electric power helis for a year, Kyle decided all the advantages for competition and demonstration flying were with electrics, and has been flying electric powered helis exclusively since 2008.
Kyle’s first heli competition (age 14) was the “Align Ultimate 3D Helicopter Competition” in Las Vegas in 2008. Kyle won the Advanced Class, and was noticed by Mikado Helicopters at that point as a promising up-and-coming young competition pilot. A sponsorship with Mikado followed shortly.
Since that time, Kyle has competed in the “Masters Class” at a second Align Ultimate 3D Competition (3rd Place), two Extreme Flight Championships (XFC) (1st and 4th Place), two German Heli Masters/Eurocup Championships (2nd Place twice), the 3D Masters (3rd Place), and the IRCHA “One” Competition (2nd Place). Kyle’s consistent performance as a competition pilot has resulted in additional sponsorships, and Kyle was added to Team Scorpion in 2009.
Weather permitting, Kyle flies daily and has logged over 2200 flights per year for the past two years. In 2011, Kyle will be competing and flying demonstrations with the new Scorpion powered Logo 700.
42 years in the hobby and 24 years flying RC. I am a contest director, AMA Electric Contest Board Member and an Airtronics pilot.
- Polecat ALES Contest (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
- AMA Electric Nationals (Muncie, Indiana)
- ALES Over Madison (Madison, Michigan)